Wind Vane

Icy, Fragile Wind Vane

By William T. Hathaway

While walking a path along an approach to Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, I noticed an unusual icicle hanging from the top of a shallow rock shelter. It seemed that the high winds sweeping down the path were responsible for the odd shape of the icicle. As the drops of water above the icicle meandered downward, the breeze flattened out the drops as they froze into their present pattern.

This was one of those days when the slender trees of the forest squeaked and moaned from the rubbing together caused by high winds. In the years past I had never seen such an odd-shaped icicle. Naturally, I was constrained to take a photo shot.

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